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Friday, March 18, 2011

Consistent Standards

  If Barack Obama said it was immoral to criticize his policies, would you agree?

  If someone told you that Elvis is not dead, that he has been resurrected, and that the proof is all in this book written by Elvis fanatics, would you believe them? Would you look for other sources to back their claims?

  If a man told you he would torture you for disobedience, would you then believe him when he says he loves you?

  When Mark Twain recounts the adventures of a man named Huckleberry Finn, is that one source alone enough to convince you that Mr. Finn was a real person?

  If Abraham Lincoln won the civil war by hiring assassins to kill the firstborn son of every slave owner in the South, without regards to age, would he be remembered as a great man?

  If he later received policy advice from a talking, flaming pine tree, would you question his sanity?

  If a man told you that you were pregnant with his son, and yet you had no recollection of ever having sex, would you ask the world to rejoice, or would you press rape charges?

  If rapists were punished by a substantial fine and being required to marry their victim, would you object?

  If a book about good living included regulations for obtaining, trading and whipping your slaves, would you be appalled?

  If a politician told you that his plan for America was too complicated for you to understand fully, but that somehow it required the deaths of millions of infants, would you vote for him?

  If a book on morality included regulations for selling your daughter into slavery, would you recommend it to a friend?

  Would you recommend it to your daughter?

  If republicans issued death threats to cartoonists representing Bush in their works, would there be public outcry?

  What about cartoonists representing Bush-in-a-bear-costume?

  When a person commits a crime, should we punish that person, or should we punish every single descendant of that person for all of time?

  If someone killed their child for lying to them, would you praise their actions, or charge them with murder?

  If a book on good living told you to ignore all the lessons from its first half, would you feel gipped?

  Would you call it a good guide if half its advice was criminal?

  If I told you that believing there are invisible faeries in my garden was crucial to developing good moral principles, would you take me seriously?

  If a public school decided to teach the “controversies” of Phogiston and the Luminiferous Aether, would you object?

  If a group of scientists supported their research by chanting their findings once a week instead of providing evidence, would you take them seriously?

  Why is it that whenever someone says the word “faith,” all of a sudden our standards drop a good ten feet?


  1. Copy editor says: gypped != gipped.

  2. Google Dictionary,, and MS Word all agree that both spellings are acceptable.


  3. I copied the article into my Kindle. Now, when I run into a careless Christian, he'll get more interest in his faith than he can handle. Thanks, it's good to have some simple and straight questions ready.

  4. I'm not a Biblical Christian. These should be "Questions for Christians" not "Questions for Theists"

  5. No, some of these questions apply just as well or better to Muslims and Jews as to Christians. "Questions for Christians" would be a terrible title.

    Have you ever told someone to respect someone else's religious beliefs? If so, then question 1 applies to you.

    Did you publicly denounce the muslims who gave death threats to cartoonists? If not, questions 13 and 14 apply to you.

    Do you take anything on faith? If so, the last question applies to you.

    Now that I think about it, "Questions for Theists" feels too narrow. Some of these questions even apply to certain atheists (those who are against criticizing religion).